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Here are the five main types of dances.
This type of dance has a story to tell and does so in a series
of episodes arranged in logical sequence (many ballets are
often like this).
Because this dance is concerned with people and their
emotions, characters are involved.
In order to make movements dramatic, great effort must
be put into them. Also, in dramatic dance there are usually
emotional relationships between people displayed.
A dramatic dance concentrates upon a happening or mood
which does not unfold a story but perhaps suggests one.
This suggests the quality of the dance. The
dictionary says it is ‘…having a relatively
light, pure, melodic quality’. It could then be
a characteristic of a pure or abstract dance
and not just a dance in itself.
This deals only with movement itself. For
example, a jazz dance based only on the
movements of that technique, there is no
meaning to interpret. These dances
may, however, come from an
interpretation of the music.
This can be a confusing term. It means the
choreographer has taken out (abstracted) thoughts
about something and put them into movement
terms. An audience may not interpret them in
exactly the same way as the choreographer and this
is not necessarily important. It does not tell a story –
it is just a series of movement ideas strung together
in the choreographer’s own way.
e.g., Time can be shown in many different ways in
one dance – see if you can think of some of the
ways you may show this in movement.
Movement in a comic dance may be
unusual. Very often the movements
are mimetic in nature (they are based
on realistic movements) and
exaggerated to make them peculiar.